Stowell Earns MCFI Designation for 7th Time


Rich Stowell, now a seven-time Master and a member of IAC as well as SAFE, recently renewed his Master CFI-Aerobatic accreditation through Master Instructors LLC.  Rich is an aerobatic instructor specializing in emergency maneuver training and spin recovery at Santa Paula Airport (SZP) and Cascade Airport (U70).  The 2006 National CFI of the Year, he is also a noted aviation author and serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA Van Nuys FSDO area.
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Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Richard L Stowell, the 2006 National CFI of the Year and resident of Santa Paula, California.  Recently, Rich’s accreditation as a Master CFI-Aerobatic was renewed by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved Master Instructor Programä.  He first earned this national professional accreditation in 1999, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 12 worldwide to earn the credential seven times.

To help put these achievements into proper perspective, there are approximately 93,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 700 of those aviation educators have achieved that professional distinction thus far. The last 15 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while Rich is one of only 51 California teachers of flight to earn this prestigious “Master” title and one of only 24 nationwide to earn the aerobatic accreditation. In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, “The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer.”

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA. Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review. The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism.  Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning — both their own as well as their students’. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate’s flight instructor certificate.

For more information about the Master Instructor Program and to locate other current Master Instructors, visit the Find a Master Instructor page.

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